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Two Kenyans win at New York City Marathon

Albert Korir of Kenya finished in 2 hours 8 minutes 22 seconds for his first major championship.

By Scott Cacciola

Albert Korir of Kenya won the men’s race at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, finishing in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 22 seconds for his first major championship.

Mohamed Reda El Aaraby, who was 44 seconds behind in second place, became the first Moroccan to finish on the podium in New York since 2009, and Eyob Faniel of Italy was third.

It was a breakthrough performance for Korir, 27, who was the runner-up in New York in 2019. On Sunday, he ran a sound and tactical race against a decorated field that included Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, the second-fastest marathoner ever and a four-time Olympic medalist. Elkanah Kibet, a Kenyan-born runner who became a U.S. citizen in 2013, was the top American in fourth. Ben True of the United States finished in seventh.

In a dramatic finish to the women’s race, Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya pulled away in the final meters to win, just three months after she won gold in the women’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics.

Jepchirchir finished in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 39 seconds, just 4 seconds ahead of Viola Cheptoo, also of Kenya. (Cheptoo is runner Bernard Lagat’s younger sister.) Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia finished third.

Molly Seidel, who won bronze at the Olympics in August, finished fourth as the top American. Seidel’s time of 2:24:42 was the fastest ever for an American in New York.

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